He was at first ________ and embarrassed in speaking, but gradually overcame these difficulties, and was heard with much attention and deference, especially when he addressed the House on economic questions.
diffident
The ______ student was the class valedictorian, but sometimes seen as a know-it-all.
pedantic
His eyes were twinkling with mirth and his lips were twisted into a _________ smile.
sardonic
The snide remark was _______ and made the other man angry enough to yell at him.
provacative
The ______ fondness she displayed, which was excessively sweet, was what, in the end, drove me away.
cloying
After his mother died, the boy was _______ and always looked depressed.
lugubrious
The teacher was excessively explaining the lesson, almost in a ________ way.
didactic
Her goal was to _______ her peers and become the top of her class.
transcend
She concluded from his tone that he was ______ with her and wished to end the conversation.
vexed
An example of ________ is for a worker to become well liked by being kind to his coworkers.
ingratiate
I see a ________ individual has donated a significant amount in memory of my mother.
benevolent
The horsemen were splendidly _________ in riding for long distances into the heart of a hostile country, without support, striking some terrific blows, and then returning rapidly beyond reach of pursuit.
audacious
He made a mental note to send a piece of jewelry to her hotel room to ________ guilt over the promised phone call that would never happen.
assuage